Why Are Vehicle Dealerships Not Telling Potential Customers about Teen Driving Controls?
In the past decade, there have been huge strides made to help protect all drivers when in vehicles. There are systems that minimize impact and injuries in the event that an accident does occur and there are systems that help lower the chances of a car accident in the first place. There are even systems that can help protect pedestrians or bike riders from injury if they are hit by a car.
However, there are some features that vehicles have that dealerships seem to not tell buyers about. Case in point: Teen driving controls. Why are dealers not making sure that buyers know about them? Keep reading to get an idea and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you have been injured in a car accident and require legal assistance.
A Study Revealed Surprising Information
There are many vehicles on the market today that have features that could give parents a great sense of control and peace of mind that their children are safe while driving. Unfortunately, a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has shown that dealers often need prompting before even mentioning them to buyers. The study also found that it can be difficult to find relevant information online as well.
The Many Tools Parents May Have Access To
Parents can limit the speed of the vehicle their child is driving, keep track of where it is, and even prevent it from being put in gear if the seatbelt is not buckled. However, parents must activate and/or monitor these tools in order to use them. In short, they must be made aware of them.
Other Studies Support the Findings
There are other studies that seem to back up the findings of this one. For example, one study from September of 2018 found that parents who owned Ford vehicles and had driving-age teens were often unaware that their vehicle had a MyKey system, which is designed specifically to help parents monitor and control their child’s driving. It was found that one in three did not know about the technology or that their vehicle came equipped with it.
A Lack of Knowledge May Be the Culprit
Of course, the key is to determine why this is – why are dealers not stressing the advantages of these potentially life-saving systems? It could simply be that these dealers are not well informed. When you consider that the information is not easily found on the website of many of these car manufacturers, it is understandable that dealers may not have deep knowledge either.
As a parent, you must take care to keep your child as safe as you reasonably can. If your teen has been the victim of an accident, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 now to request a free legal consultation.